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message 1: by Alison (new)

Alison (fantasticreads) | 419 comments Mod
Please post links to your reviews here.


message 2: by Fariha (last edited Dec 01, 2012 09:39AM) (new)

Fariha | 14 comments My review on 'Midnight' by Jacqueline Wilson:

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


message 3: by Fariha (last edited Dec 01, 2012 09:39AM) (new)

Fariha | 14 comments My review on 'The Suitcase Kid' by Jacqueline Wilson:

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


message 4: by Fariha (last edited Dec 01, 2012 09:40AM) (new)

Fariha | 14 comments My review on 'Holes' by Louis Sachar:

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


message 5: by Hannah (new)

Hannah Burgess | 15 comments My Review on Michael Morpurgo's 'Cool!'

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


message 6: by Hannah (new)

Hannah Burgess | 15 comments My Review on Michael Morpurgo's 'An Elephant in the Garden'

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


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Hannah Burgess | 15 comments My review on 'The Foxwood Treasure' by Cynthia and Brian Paterson

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


message 8: by Kate (new)

Kate Hamblett | 6 comments My review of 'Zoo' by Anthony Browne

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


message 9: by Kate (new)

Kate Hamblett | 6 comments My review of 'Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone' by J.K Rowling

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


message 10: by Katie (new)

Katie | 14 comments my review of 'Friend or Foe' by Michael Morpurgo
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

and 'The three Billy goats gruff' by Paul Galdone
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


message 11: by Claire (new)

Claire Russell | 27 comments Hi - my review of Bumpus Jumpus Dinosaur Rumpus!

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


message 12: by Alison (new)

Alison (fantasticreads) | 419 comments Mod
Farhan wrote: "Mark Spark In The Dark

My review of 'Mark Spark In The Dark' by Jacqueline Wilson.

The story is based around Mark's determination to raise money to buy his beloved Grandmother (who is partially b..."

Please see the guidance on posting reviews on UEL Plus. If you don't post the review correctly, it won't show up at the end of the course when you get this task signed off.


message 13: by Deb (new)

Deb | 9 comments The Kissing Hand was recommended to me by my best friend's mother who is a teacher in the United States as a favourite story of the children in her class who have just started school. I am always interested what is popular in children's literature in other countries, in addition to the home-grown favourites.

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


message 14: by Alison (last edited Sep 27, 2012 07:44AM) (new)

Alison (fantasticreads) | 419 comments Mod
Deb wrote: "The Kissing Hand was recommended to me by my best friend's mother who is a teacher in the United States as a favourite story of the children in her class who have just started school. I am always i..."
Fantastic, Deb, thank you! What a lovely book. Owl Babies is another great book that deals with separation anxiety.


message 15: by Claire (new)

Claire Russell | 27 comments Hi - my review of The terrible thing that happened to Barnaby Brocket

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


message 16: by Alison (new)

Alison (fantasticreads) | 419 comments Mod
I finished this brilliant book yesterday on a very long bus journey. Highly recommended. http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


message 17: by Kirran (new)

Kirran | 10 comments My review on Charlie and the chocolate factory.
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


message 18: by Alison (new)

Alison (fantasticreads) | 419 comments Mod
Great reviews, everyone! Thanks. Keep them coming!


message 19: by Katherine (new)

Katherine Dyson | 13 comments Beware Of Boys (Picture Puffin) Beware Of Boys by Tony Blundell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This was a very enjoyable book that I feel children will engage with.

The fairy tale leads you through the story with a boy who gets captured by a wolf. However the boy cleverly distracts the wolf from eating him straight away by suggesting he makes a soup. Unfortunately for the wolf, he forgets the salt but the boy describes another recipe that will taste just as good, boy pie. The wolf collects all the ingredients for boy pie but once again he forgets the salt. The wolf starts to get a little annoyed with the boy now but he distracts the wolf once again with the recipe for boy cake. Needless to say this recipe didn’t go to plan either as the wolf forgot the salt! The boy goes home to his mum to explain his adventure while the wolf feels sorry for himself and very hungry!

This book would be ideal for year three as part of a guided reading session. Different types of questions can be asked to determine the language comprehension the children have as well as building up their vocabulary. The illustrations are also ideal to help EAL children with common vocabulary highlighted in the ingredients.




View all my reviews

Here is my review on Beware of Boys


message 20: by Katherine (new)

Katherine Dyson | 13 comments The Monster Bed The Monster Bed by Susan Varley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



The story tells a tale of a little monster who is scared to go to bed. His poor mum has trouble getting him to go to sleep because the little monster believes that humans live under his bed and they will get him in the night. One night the monster decides to sleep under his bed “for if I am there and a human comes near, it won’t think to look for me, safe under here”. That night a boy becomes lost and finds himself in the monsters cave, he spots the bare mattress and tiredly lies down. The boy mum’s is not there to kiss him good night or look for monsters under the bed so the boy has to do it him. The boy gets down on his knees and... found one!

This is an enjoyable book that is creatively written to include rhyming words at the end of each sentence. This is ideal to use for a year one phonics lesson as the children can guess the next rhyming word in the next sentence. It is also great to create atmosphere and can be used to introduce the use of speech marks to show they are used for when characters are speaking.




View all my reviews

Here is my review on The Monster Bed


message 21: by Katie (last edited Oct 02, 2012 12:26PM) (new)

Katie | 14 comments my review on 'Mad about Minibeasts!' by Giles Andreae
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


message 22: by Robbi (new)

Robbi | 7 comments My review on Beware of Boys by Tony Blundell!
Great book!
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


message 23: by Alison (new)

Alison (fantasticreads) | 419 comments Mod
Sharon wrote: "Gerald the Giraffe was dreading the jungle dance because he was a terrible dancer. When the day of the dance arrived, Gerald watched all the other animals show off their moves. When Gerald stepped ..."
Hi Sharon, there is no need to copy and paste the whole review, just the URL of your review. There's a guide on UEL Plus if you're confused!


message 24: by Alison (new)

Alison (fantasticreads) | 419 comments Mod
Great reviews, everyone. Thank you. Please just post the link to your review, though!


message 25: by Sharon (new)

Sharon (Sharon-Marie) | 6 comments My review of 'Giraffes cant dance' by GIles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees.
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


message 26: by Sharon (new)

Sharon (Sharon-Marie) | 6 comments 'A monster calls' by Patrick Ness
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


message 27: by Sharon (new)

Sharon (Sharon-Marie) | 6 comments 'The selfish crocodile' by Faustin Charles and Michael Terry
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


message 28: by Alison (new)

Alison (fantasticreads) | 419 comments Mod
Three great reviews, Sharon, of some quite different books!


message 29: by Claire (new)

Claire Russell | 27 comments Hi - my review of Iggy Peck Architect
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


message 30: by Stuart (new)

Stuart Willy | 12 comments My review of 'Beware of Boys' too.

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21...


message 31: by Katie (new)

Katie | 14 comments My review of 'Beware of Boys'
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21...


message 32: by Katie (new)

Katie | 14 comments My review of 'Heroes and Villains' by Anthony Horowitz
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11...


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message 34: by Amy (new)

Amy | 9 comments Please see my reviw of 'A Seed in Need' by Sam Goodwin
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


message 35: by Emily (new)

Emily | 9 comments My review of 'A monster calls' by Patrick Ness

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


message 36: by Aaron (new)

Aaron Campling | 9 comments Hi Alison!

I recently got approached by Kim Donovan who had read a few of my previous reviews. She asked me to review her debut book and sent me a free copy!

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


message 37: by Aaron (new)

Aaron Campling | 9 comments Hi Alison, here is my review of Beware of Boys by Tony Blundell:

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


message 38: by Alison (last edited Oct 10, 2012 12:58PM) (new)

Alison (fantasticreads) | 419 comments Mod
Stuart wrote: "My review of 'Beware of Boys' too.

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21..."


http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/... is the link to your review, Stuart.


message 39: by Alison (new)

Alison (fantasticreads) | 419 comments Mod
Katie wrote: "My review of 'Heroes and Villains' by Anthony Horowitz
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11..."


http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/... is the link to your review, Katie.


message 40: by Alison (new)

Alison (fantasticreads) | 419 comments Mod
Katie wrote: "My review of 'Heroes and Villains' by Anthony Horowitz
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11..."


http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/... is the link to the review, Katie. How fantastic that you searched this book out!


message 41: by Alison (new)

Alison (fantasticreads) | 419 comments Mod
Claire wrote: "My review of Liar & Spy
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/..."


Hi Claire, please copy and paste this as a review rather than as a message, otherwise it won't show up in your review list at the end of the PGCE. Have a look at the guide on UEL Plus to see to post reviews.


message 42: by Alison (new)

Alison (fantasticreads) | 419 comments Mod
Aaron wrote: "Hi Alison!

I recently got approached by Kim Donovan who had read a few of my previous reviews. She asked me to review her debut book and sent me a free copy!

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/..."


How fantastic! I'm glad that you enjoyed it.


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message 44: by Katherine (new)

Katherine Dyson | 13 comments Here is my review on the Snorgh and the sailor but Will Buckingham and Thomas Docherty

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


message 45: by Katherine (new)

Katherine Dyson | 13 comments Here is my review on Krindlekrax by Phillip Ridley. It was recommened to me by my Mum!

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


message 46: by Alison (new)

Alison (fantasticreads) | 419 comments Mod
Thanks, Katherine! Krindlekrax really is a great book.


message 47: by Alison (new)

Alison | 7 comments Here is my review of Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21...


message 48: by Alison (last edited Oct 15, 2012 05:45AM) (new)

Alison | 7 comments Hi Alison,
I was approached by Kim Donovan via goodreads who asked me to review her book St Viper's School for Super Villains.
http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/...


message 49: by Amy (new)

Amy | 9 comments Hi Alison,

I have reviewed A Monster Calls. Thank you for recommending it.

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


message 50: by Nazia (new)

Nazia Chowdhury-ahmed (nchowdhury) | 8 comments Hi Alison here is my review of Winnie in winter http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


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